Contractor says he hasn’t been paid for fixing DeKalb’s water pressure issue

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 16, 2015
Photo from July hydrant break obtained via DeKalb County's Twitter page @ItsInDeKalb

Photo from July hydrant break obtained via DeKalb County’s Twitter page @ItsInDeKalb

The contractor who repaired a broken fire hydrant that caused days of water pressure issues for DeKalb County residents said he hasn’t been paid.

Alessandro Salvo, CEO of county contractor GS Construction Inc, told Decaturish he is still owed $53,404 for the work he completed during the weekend of July 25. A grass cutting crew hit a fire hydrant on Henderson Mill Road on Thursday, July 23, which led to days of low water pressure and put the county under a boil water advisory.

Salvo said he is unsure why the county hasn’t paid him for the work. He said the last “real communication” with the county occurred a month and a half ago.

“The director of purchasing said it was under review,” Salvo said.

Decaturish has reached out to the county seeking comment and will update this story when the county responds.

The July water pressure incident took a toll on local businesses, who were forced to close their doors or limit menus during the boil water advisory. It also worried local hospitals, in particular DeKalb Medical. John Shelton, the CEO of DeKalb Medical Center, emailed the county to express his concerns about problems communicating with DeKalb County officials.

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